- a tract of low wet land, often treeless and periodically inundated, generally characterized by a growth of grasses, sedges, cattails, and rushes.
Origin of marsh
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- Dame (Edith) Ngai·o [nahy-oh] /ˈnaɪ oʊ/, 1899–1982, New Zealand writer of detective novels.
- Reginald,1898–1954, U.S. painter and illustrator.
Related Words for marshmoss, estuary, fen, mire, quagmire, slough, quag, morass, swampland, bog, wetland, everglade
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Contemporary Examples of marsh
Following a conversation with Marsh, the two met at a pub in London.Eddie Redmayne’s Time Has Come: On His Heartrending Turn as Stephen Hawking and Benedict Bromance
November 3, 2014
The landscape looks something like the marsh behind the Toys ‘R’ Us where Tony Soprano might bury a body in Jersey.Our Trip to The Climate War's Ground Zero
September 19, 2014
The actual field, where Richard was unhorsed and slain in a medieval marsh, is more than a mile away to the southwest.Three Dicks: Cheney, Nixon, Richard III and the Art of Reputation Rehab
July 27, 2014
Since 1977, Star Wars has been an essential touchstone for both Povenmire and Marsh.
“There are a lot of diehard fans who I think are genuinely worried about Disney doing Star Wars,” admits Marsh.
Historical Examples of marsh
The marsh appears to follow along the south side of the range.Explorations in Australia
But I was proposing--I wanted to deed that piece of marsh to you boys!The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage
Charles G. D. Roberts
Twice daily the water came in as if to feed on the marsh grass.The Trail Book
In proportion as the marsh solidified the general health improved.In the Heart of Vosges
But Marsh had caught its meaning at once and had promptly jotted it down for use.The Harbor
- low poorly drained land that is sometimes flooded and often lies at the edge of lakes, streams, etcCompare swamp (def. 1) Related adjective: paludal
Word Origin for marsh
- Dame (Edith) Ngaio (ˈnaɪəʊ). 1899–1981, New Zealand crime writer, living in Britain (from 1928). Her many detective novels include Final Curtain (1947) and Last Ditch (1977)
- Rodney (William). born 1947, Australian cricketer: a wicketkeeper, he took 355 dismissals in 96 test matches (1970–84)
Word Origin and History for marsh
Old English mersc, merisc "marsh, swamp," from West Germanic *marisko (cf. Old Frisian and Old Saxon marsk "marsh," Middle Dutch mersch, Dutch mars, German Marsch, Danish marsk), probably from Proto-Germanic *mari- "sea" (see mere (n.)).
- An area of low-lying wetland in which the level of water is generally shallow and often fluctuating. The water may be either standing or slow-moving. The water in a marsh is also more or less neutral or alkaline, in contrast to the water in a bog, which is acidic. The environment of a marsh is in general well-oxygenated and nutrient-rich and allows a great variety of organisms to flourish. In contrast to a swamp, in which there is an abundance of woody plants, the plants in a marsh are mostly herbaceous. Reeds and rushes dominate the vegetation of marshes. See also salt marsh.